Monday, 4 June 2018

Natascha Allen I

Photograph above: Gareth Easton

Second year Performance Costume student at ECA, Natascha Allen's costume for the 'Queen of the Night' from Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'.

"The Queen of the night's design took inspiration from Luna moths and the natural forms of Rene Lalique's Art Nouveau jewellery. I chose moths for two reasons: they are often associated with decay and death and they are night-dwelling creatures. Throughout the play, the Queen spirals into a dark and corrupted state as her hatred for Sarastro eats her up inside. She loses her humanity, therefore she is depicted as if metamorphosizing from a once Regal queen to a Moth hybrid. Her fading colour shows her ensuing demise due to her indulgence in her malevolent thoughts.". Natascha Allen

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